How do keep talking about Christmas and celebrate it every year but still keep it fresh and relevant?
The festivities may be over but it will be a question that will be at the heart of every Church leader up and down the country and beyond, including everyone here at Cafe church at some point this year!
We could try a number of approaches to this.
Maybe to look at the nativity in greater detail and see if we have missed anything from before. Stories always give us something new each time we look at them.
We could also try to see the story from the perspective of the different characters. What did a Shepherd feel like, what about Mary, or Joseph, or what about the animals (many school nativities have done this one – bumblebee anyone?).
Alternatively we could set the story in the modern day and ask what it might look like today?.
an alternative option may be to just step back and see the bigger picture? Ask ourselves as we embrace the story: Why is this happening?
Throughout much of last year and continuing into this, we at Riverbank Cafe Church have been going through the ‘Bible in 50 words’. Some easy and some not so (‘Saul peaked’ a bit tricky!!!). One of the great things about this way of looking at the Bible is it helps us to see all the stories together – The Big Picture!
Maybe we need to step back and say why do we need Jesus? Why in a poor family and humble circumstances is a baby coming as a great King and Saviour?
Maybe because when we look at our big picture we will always need someone willing to make themselves vulnerable for others, even at great cost to themselves. Someone who finds humility even in a place of great status. Someone who reminds us a kingdom is there for the least as well as the greatest. Someone who will inspire us in a story that makes us think about family and being part of a single humanity.
These are questions not for just for Christmas time but for life!